This past week I was lucky enough to attend a dinner party in honor of Leslie Jonah, who will soon be publishing her next book: Feed Your People - Big Batch Recipies by Big Hearted Cooks. With the theme of Leslie's book in mind, there were many talents contributing to the evening's cuisine and libations, including but not limited to: Austin Ferrari of Hillside Supper Club, Lisa Fetterman from Nomiku, and Chris O'Hearn from Return to Terroir.
I have to say, this group of people truly have the right idea around community based dining; uncontrived, casual and delicious. My attendance was somewhat spur of the moment, and, like many of the guests there, I had only met my host once before and recently reconnected via social media. Inviting strangers to dinner seemed typical; what we all have in common is the love of good food and wine. "Hey, I barely know you, but come over and let's cook some salmon." (Excuse my weak paraphrasing talents, but you get the idea.) Why not? This is what being neighborly in the modern age looks like. Building community is important, and food + wine is a channel for that. In fact, foodies might just solve the world 's problems through dinner parties.
The upshot is: We should all have a sense of community surrounding our chosen industry. So let's have dinner parties with strangers more often.